Groom’s big day ends in tragedy

The Times (South Africa) - - NEWS - JEFF WICKS

A BRIDEGROOM fired four shots at a tra­di­tional wed­ding in KwaZulu-Natal on Sun­day to break up a fight, killing an 18year-old in the process. He is now fac­ing a mur­der charge.

The gun-tot­ing Eshowe groom fired at least four shots at the cer­e­mony. An­other man was se­ri­ously wounded in the fra­cas‚ which broke out at the wed­ding held at the Ez­ing­wenya re­serve in Eshowe.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane said de­tec­tives had ar­rested the 38-year-old groom at his fam­ily home­stead where the nup­tials were be­ing held.

“Since it was a tra­di­tional wed­ding‚ a num­ber of peo­ple were at­tend­ing. While the cer­e­mony was on‚ a fight broke out be­tween young ales. The sus­pect started fir­ing warn­ing shots to dis­perse the crowd. Un­for­tu­nately an 18-year-old sus­tained gun­shot wounds to his leg and armpit and died at the scene,” he said.

Zwane said an­other man was wounded and taken to hospi­tal.

“The sus­pect was then ar­rested and will ap­pear at the Eshowe Mag­is­trate’s Court in due course.”

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